These recommendations are part of Mother and Child care booklet which is released by AYUSH Ministry.
Note: Gynecologists have dismissed the AYUSH Ministry advice because these are unscientific.
AYUSH Ministry advised Pregnant Women to Avoid meat, sex, and bad company. And have spiritual feelings and keep good and beautiful pictures in your room to have a healthy child. These recommendations are part of Mother and Child care booklet, which is published by Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ayush ministry. Modi Government has formed AYUSH Ministry in 2014 to promote Indian traditional healing practices.
Recently, ahead of International Yoga Day on the 21st June Union Minister Shripad Naik released the booklet. He said it was published 3 years ago.
Also, Ayush Minister said “The booklet does not contain any advice on abstaining from sex,” the Ayush.
Director in-charge of the CCRYN, Dr. Ishwara N Acharya also said the booklet does not say that “sex must be avoided”.
A paragraph from 14th page of booklet says, “Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, heartedness and lust…(sic).”
Senior gynecologist and obstetrician Malavika Sabharwal of the Apollo Healthcare Group said, “The advice is unscientific. Protein-deficiency malnutrition and anemia are health concerns for pregnant women and meats are a great source of both protein and iron, which is better absorbed from animal sources than plant sources,”
As for sex, if the pregnancy is normal, there is no need for abstinence as the baby in the womb is protected by the amniotic fluid and the uterus muscles.
Suneeta Mittal, director of the obstetrics and gynecology at Fortis Gorgon said “Caution is advised during the first trimester when the placenta is low-lying and for complicated pregnancies, where there is a miscarriage risk,”
Some studies show that a mother stress, anxiety, and depression may affect the baby’s development.
Every year Around 44,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes in India, official reports show. The Indian maternal mortality rate is 167 deaths per 100000 live births. See the Official Reports of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR).